Articles & Devotionals

Articles & Devotionals

What Does the Lord Require of You?

Micah 6:6-8 says “‘With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?’ He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Many times, we find ourselves being complacent in the routine of church and doing all the things a “good Christian” does. We may pray every day, read the Word every day, go to church every Sunday and Wednesday, but still be out of touch with God. These are all great things that we should be doing, but we often have the wrong mindset. Instead of focusing on glorifying God and walking with Him in everything we do, we check off the boxes and don’t think of Him until the next Sunday.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 9:13 that He desires mercy, not sacrifice. We should truly love God, instead of doing those things just to say we did them. Doing those routine church activities are great, but we must be intentional in all of them. It’s imperative to stay in constant contact with God because our relationship with Him grounds everything else we do. If we’re humbly walking with God, our actions will reflect that, and we’ll delight in mercy like He asks us to. Today, really think about why you do those church activities and what your mindset is while doing them.